The H501A Is Hubsan’s Latest X4 with Waypoint Navigation

Hubsan has released a new X4 model in the form of the H501A which joins the ranks of other H5XX drones such as the H501S and H501C. It is a lightly upgraded version of the popular H501S compact GPS drone. In fact, it also features a nearly identical body to its predecessor.

One key feature that sets the H501A apart from the H501S is GPS waypoint navigation which allows pilots to specify a series of waypoints on the map for the drone to fly through. This feature is used in conjunction with the soon-to-be-released Hubsan app. Priced below $380 for the premium kit, it is one of the most affordable drones with the feature.

Product Highlights
  • HD 1080P FPV camera
  • GPS flight modes:
    • Smart Return
    • Waypoint Navigation
    • Point of Interest (Orbit)
    • Follow Me
  • 20-minute flight time
  • 800m control range (premium kit with H906A transmitter)
  • 400m control range (smartphone kit)
  • Brushless motors

The H501A carries over all other key features from its predecessor such as follow me, headless mode and return-to-home. This is one drone meant for casual FPV flying. It comes with an HD 1080P 5.8G FPV camera and a transmitter (remote controller) with a built-in 3.7″ FPV display. With the addition of waypoint navigation, pilots can use the H501A for aerial survey autonomously without having to worry much about flight controls. Pilots can literally fly hands-free with this feature.

This is great for construction site supervisors and building management staff who need an eye in the sky for a better view of the property or operation they’re tasked to monitor. Besides that, the H501A is simply great for casual FPV flying. With its FPV system, you get to experience what a bird sees as it soars in the sky. Pair the H501A with an FPV headset and the experience becomes even more immersive.

The H501A will be available in two kits — the more affordable smartphone kit comes with the X4 Air module and relay while the premium version comes with the X4 Air and H906A transmitter. At the moment, details on the X4 Air are sketchy. The only information at the moment is available in official promotional images that don’t explain much about what the module actually does.

My guess is, for the smartphone kit, a smartphone with the Hubsan app installed will connect to the X4 Air which will then transmit radio control signals to the drone. This module acts as a kind of signal booster. Since no conventional RC transmitter (remote controller) is provided with this kit, the smartphone is used to pilot the drone. No information or images are available for the “relay” module.

The premium kit is even more confusing since promo images mention that the X4 Air module will be included with it along with Hubsan’s H906A transmitter. Since conventional RC transmitters such as the H906A communicate directly with the drone, I am not sure what the X4 Air does in this kit. Whatever it is, we can only speculate for now as we wait for Hubsan to ship the H501A before more concrete details are available.

The H501A is expected to be available soon in January and major online stores such as GearBest now have it on arrival notice. The smartphone kit is expected to sell for $200 and the premium kit for $380.

Adrin Sham

Adrin Sham is a designer and photographer turned drone enthusiast. Since buying a drone for aerial photography some years ago, he has since developed a passion for UAVs and all things related.

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2 Responses

  1. Damian says:

    I recently ordered a Hubsan drone for 191€. On the first day, several functions do not work. The Return to Home mode, the Follow me mode and the Failsafe mode have all not worked.
    On the second day I wanted to let the drone fly again. After a short time, the Drone has not reacted to the remote control, has made itself independent, has risen and then simply flown away
    I then wrote to Hubsan. As a reason for the fly away and for the non-working functions W-Lan signals are to be responsible. Hubsan assumes no responsibility and does not want to reimburse. I wonder how Hubsan imagines this in 2017. W-LAN signals are everywhere in Germany.
    After a long discussion they wanted to send me a new Drone for $165 without carton and accessories. I declined. Another $165 for a drone that flies away again? No thanks.
    I am now waiting 19 days but fearing that I will receive no compensation.
    That’s why I put this rating in the hope that not even more people buy these bad products from Hubsan.
    I spent over 250€ and had less than 30 minutes of fun with the Drone. If you want to buy a Drone should not buy Hubsan. You better make paperplanes out of money and throw them from a bridge. They fly longer.
    I lost 250€ because of the bad products of Hubsan. I have not received a refund or a new device. Hubsan admits that their drones are very easy to influence but refuses to make a compensation. Companies like this should be banned selling something! I have the Drone as used in the instructions and it is nowhere in the instructions that W-Lan signals disturb the connection.
    If you want a drone that can fly away at any time and a bad support that makes you angry? Then choose Hubsan

    • Adrin Sham says:

      Sorry to hear about what happened to your Hubsan. Maybe the drone was faulty or maybe it was other WiFi signals interfering with your drone’s control. I fly and test many drones just outside my apartment block and there are many apartments and commercial buildings within 1km of my location and I have not experienced signal loss when flying. There are also several small telco transmission towers located on top of buildings here. I guess sometimes it’s just luck or maybe there was a very strong WiFi transmitter located near you when you were flying. Perhaps you can describe in more detail the location.

      I did experience partial signal loss a long time ago when flying a Walkera X350 Pro just 20m from a small 2M tall telco tower. I believe this signal interference from the tower caused my Walkera to crash although I’m not 100% sure. The drone was flying at an altitude of 50M before suddenly dropping like a brick.

      At the moment, all drone manufacturers use 2.4G for radio control. This is unfortunately the same frequency range as WiFi.

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